West Ham’s Ryan Fredericks is enjoying the season and is targeting a high place finish at the end of the campaign. The defender scored the third goal of a 3-0 win over Sheffield United, and the win saw the Hammers briefly jump into the top four. Chelsea replaced the club, but only on goal difference.
Fredericks has praised the confidence in the team. A trait that has been instilled in the team due to the brilliant results they have picked up. West Ham have been the surprise package of the Premier League season so far, and the right-back does not think it is down to luck.
"“Of course we’re confident and this far into the season, you’re not up there because of luck. If you’re there at this stage you deserve to be there. We’re up there with the so-called big boys in the top six and we want to stay there. We go into every game, especially here, expecting to win.”Fredericks on West Ham’s season"
Ryan Fredericks is targeting a strong finish to West Ham’s season. The Hammers are jostling with the big boys at the top of the table.
One factor that is behind the club’s success this season is David Moyes. Fredericks has lauded the manager and the way he has improved the squad’s fitness. Part of this improvement is down to Moyes being in charge for a full year, including a pre-season.
"“The biggest change is the manager having a pre-season with us. He’s got us a lot fitter this season – we worked our nuts off in the off season and we’re reaping the benefits of that now.Fredericks on squad fitness"
Moyes has not only changed the style of play, but he has also helped improve the team’s mentality going into games. Fredericks has compared the current state of the team to when they were struggling in the past. The defender has also approved of the new players the manager has brought in. Every new player Moyes has signed have gone on to enjoy a positive impact on the squad.
"“He sets us up in a good way for every game and it’s just our mindset really. When you’re down there you can play good stuff, but things seem to go against your, but when you’re towards the top of the table things go your way.“Everything is going our way now, we’ve brought in some very good players and we’re all enjoying it.Fredericks on improvements."
Fredericks started the season well but due to an injury and the signing of Vladimir Coufal he has found his game-time limited. This challenge has not effected the defender’s positivity. The 28-year-old has found a new role in which he is excelling. Fredericks has become a useful utility player for the Hammers.
Moyes has deployed Fredericks as a right-wing-back and as a right-winger in different circumstances. This utility has helped the hammers on multiple occasions. Fredericks played a key role in stopping Jack Grealish in the Hammers 3-1 over Aston Villa. The full-back is also contributing to the attack when played as a winger.